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Talking Points: Scorchers-Renegades

09 January 2018

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It was a another edge-of-the-seat battle for the Perth Scorchers, but the win over the Melbourne Renegades moved the side to the top of the KFC Big Bash League table.


The Scorchers won another nail-biter, with a five-wicket win coming from a record run chase of 186 for victory and with one ball to spare, and it all happened in front of a record home crowd of 22,475 fans. The Scorchers won the toss and elected to bowl, removing dangerous captain Aaron Finch in the second over. However, the Renegades took control of the game, with Marcus Harris (48), Cameron White (68 not out) and Tom Cooper (57) all making their mark to record an imposing 3-185, with the latter of the trio dropped on two. Perth’s pursuit stumbled early, when Michael Klinger departed caught-behind without troubling the scorers, before David Willey (55), Ashton Turner (70) and Ashton Agar (26 not out) rocketed the home side to a win. 


Eventual Player of the Match Ashton Turner was watching the required run-rate soar and pulled the trigger, sending a top-edge to third man, where he was dropped by crowd favourite and former Scorchers spinner Brad Hogg. Turner was on just 16 at the time and went on to compile an incredible 70 off just 32 balls. 


It was a tough night at the office for much of the Scorchers’ bowling attack, with one exception. Mitchell Johnson finished 1-23 from four overs and dismissed the dangerous Aaron Finch for just two runs in the second over. The tidy performance proved invaluable after the game was decided in the final two balls. 


Cameron White continued his outstanding KFC BBL|07 form, putting on a 98-run partnership with Tom Cooper for the third wicket. It was a performance that pushed the Scorchers right to the line. 


The Perth Scorchers now sit at the top of the BBL|07 ladder, with five wins from six outings. It is a packed schedule for the team this week, taking on the Sydney Thunder on Thursday at Spotless Stadium, before flying to Alice Springs the following day to take on the Adelaide Strikers on Saturday.